Drug Court Magistrate, Dandenong Drug Court, Melbourne
Before studying law at Melbourne University, Margaret worked as a secondary school teacher. Margaret practised as a solicitor and as a barrister before her appointment to the Crimes Compensation Tribunal, and later became a member of the Victorian Administrative Appeals Tribunal in 1989.
Margaret has been a magistrate for 20 years and was initially assigned to the Children's Court from 1991-1996 and then until 1998 to the Civil Division and Crimes Family Violence Division, Melbourne Magistrates' Court. From 1999 to 2002, Margaret was assigned to the Dandenong Magistrates' Court and since late 2002 has been the full time Drug Court Magistrate at Dandenong Drug Court. Margaret was also a member of both the former Premier's Drug Prevention Council and Victorian Drug and Alcohol Prevention Council. She is on the Victorian Drug and Alcohol Strategy Expert Advisory Group and a member of the Australian National Council on Drugs.